19 Jun // Off to Sri Lanka!

In exciting tea-related travel news this week, I'm off to Sri Lanka next Friday to cover the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge global final. 20 teams from around the globe are descending on Colombo, Sri Lanka. to perform their best in front of four judges. Dilmah is all about bringing life back to High Tea, and getting some of the best chef's from around the world to inspire those of us at home. They'll be infusing their food with tea, brewing food-matched teas, and there'll be a few tea-fuelled cocktails for good measure. 

Merrill J. Fernando, Dilmah's founder, was recently named as one of the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Honourees by the Award Committee of Nobel Laureates in Peace and Economics (more about that here). He has his own charitable foundation, and many conservation initiatives, and I'm really excited to learn more about them, as well as what makes the perfect cup.  

As well as blogging, I'll be writing about the competition and doing some video blogs for Taste magazine, over at taste.co.nz. You can read my first post here, and my one about this week's trip to meet the Wellington finalists here

It's 30C in Colombo right now, about double what it is here in Auckland (and about 6 times what it is in Christchurch, sorry guys). But as someone very politely told me at the Wellington event when I said I was preparing to be sweaty: pigs sweat, men perspire, and ladies glow. I'm therefore, preparing to glow, and I simply cannot wait.